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Got Blood, Westchester County? Red Cross Can Help You Give In January

The American Red Cross is inviting New Yorkers to roll up their sleeves this January for National Blood Donor Month.
The American Red Cross is inviting New Yorkers to roll up their sleeves this January for National Blood Donor Month. Photo Credit: American Red Cross Facebook page

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- It's National Blood Donor Month in January, and the Red Cross wants donors to roll up their sleeves to help.

Since 1970, January has been observed as National Blood Donor Month, both to honor donors and help increase donations. According to a Red Cross news release, donor turnout is often low during the winter months because of extreme winter weather and illness.

Upcoming blood drives include:
  • New Rochelle -- Tuesday, Jan. 5, from 2-7 p.m. -- New Rochelle Public Library, One Library Plaza, Lawton Street
  • Westchester Elmsford -- Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- LightPath, 565 Taxter Rd.
  • Mount Vernon -- Friday, Jan. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. -- Thornton High School, 121 South Sixth Ave.
  • White Plains -- Friday, Jan. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. -- White Plains Presbyterian Church, 39 North Broadway

Karla Essmiller had previously been a donor, but the importance really came into focus when family members had medical emergencies, the news release said.

"It only takes once sitting in a hospital, praying that your loved one will live through the day, to know how thankful you are for every single thing done to help them," Essmiller said.

"Donating blood is a simple gift that I can make that may help up to three people live another day. That makes me feel like a hero."

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood regularly, starting next month. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative.

Donors can also save time by using RapidPass the day of the donation. Click here for more information.

For more information about donating blood, or to make an appointment, use Red Cross' app , click here or call 800-RED CROSS .

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